At well below $25,000, all said, the Speed3 provides more performance than the Honda Civic Si or the Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V, while costing significantly less than the Subaru WRX or Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.
The 2010 MazdaSpeed3 feels a little edgy and has a tuner-car personality, so for buyers who want more frugality than sport, the Honda or Nissan might have a better overall balance.
If you’re willing to invest in a set of snow tires, the Ralliart or WRX might be a better bet for chilly climes, though they cost several thousand dollars more.
Please note that TheCarConnection.com hadn’t yet driven the new Volkswagen GTI—one of the Speed3’s chief rivals—at the time of this review.
|2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3Browse Used Listings||2009 Volkswagen GTIBrowse Used Listings||2007 Honda Civic SiBrowse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas Turbocharged I4||Gas I4|
|5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport||2-Door HB Manual||Si 2-Door Coupe Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|5 Door Wagon||2 Door HB||2 Door Coupe|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual|